Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

U-M takes further steps related to swine flu outbreak
President Mary Sue Coleman today called for a temporary suspension of all university-sponsored travel to Mexico, pending further developments in the outbreak of swine flu in the United States and abroad. This suspension takes place immediately and applies to university funded or sponsored travel to Mexico by students, faculty or staff for study, research, business or other university-related activity.

Update on university finances from President Coleman
While U-M is feeling the effects of the economic downturn and making some adjustments, university officials don't anticipate having to take some of the harsh steps taken by other institutions, President Mary Sue Coleman said today in a letter to the campus community. “In making strategic choices and preparing our budget, our top priority is our students and the academic experience we provide them,” she said.

Coleman, Wilbanks: No plan to privatize U-M
A recent article in Time magazine claiming that U-M is among several public universities considering privatization in the face of budget pressures is incorrect, university leaders say. In fact, President Mary Sue Coleman sent the magazine’s editorial staff a response indicating that the article not only is wrong in its statement about privatization but also in its portrayal of the university’s budget situation.

Obama plan boosts research universities
U-M leaders say a plan detailed Monday by President Barack Obama to “restore science to its rightful place” is good news for research universities and the scientific community. Obama emphasized the role of research and development during a speech to the National Academy of the Sciences in Washington, D.C., during which he vowed to devote 3 percent of the national GDP to R&D.

President Obama names SNRE Dean Bierbaum to national science advisory council
President Obama on Monday named Rosina Bierbaum, dean of the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment, to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). PCAST consists of 20 of the nation's leading scientists and engineers.

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Charting new courses in ambulatory practice
University retiree Fred Remley, 79, at right with Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy Tami Remington, says direct pharmacist involvement in medication therapy management has impacted his quality of life by helping to manage the medication he uses. He takes part in MHealthy: Focus on Medicines, a university/College of Pharmacy partnership to improve health outcomes.